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State releases school report card data
Cabarrus County schools continue to make progress on measures outlined in state and federal standards, according to numbers released by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. The system sent home information about the performance data for specific schools when student report cards were issued on Nov. 8.
At the school level, 26 of the district's schools met expected growth and 14 schools met high growth standards for the 2009-2010 school year.
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For the second year, Hickory Ridge High School has been designated an Honor School of Excellence - the highest recognition given to schools using the state's ABCs system. Hickory Ridge High School students performed at a 91.9 percent proficiency rate.
Joining Hickory Ridge High School in receiving an Honor School of Excellence designation are the Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College High School with a proficiency rating of 95.6 percent and Cox Mill High School with a proficiency rating of 90.5 percent. Both schools completed their first year of operation this past school year.
Hickory Ridge and Cox Mill High Schools are among only 10 traditional high schools across the state with the designation for the 2009-2010 school year.
In addition, 11 schools in the district were designated Schools of Distinction; and 13 schools received Schools of Progress designations.
26 schools met Expected Growth standards;
14 schools met High Growth standards;
10 Schools of Distinction - Charles E. Boger Elementary School, Cox Mill Elementary, Harrisburg Elementary, W.R. Odell Elementary, C.C. Griffin Middle School, Harris Road Middle School, Mount Pleasant Middle School, Jay M. Robinson High School, Mount Pleasant High School and Northwest Cabarrus High School. Schools of Distinction are schools that made at least Expected Growth and had at least 80 percent of students score at or above Level III on end-of-grade or end-of-course tests;
12 Schools of Progress - A.T. Allen Elementary School, Bethel Elementary School, Beverly Hills Elementary School, Carl A. Furr Elementary School, R. Brown McAllister Elementary School, Winecoff Elementary School, W.M. Irvin Elementary School, Concord Middle School , J.N. Fries Middle School, Northwest Cabarrus Middle School, Central Cabarrus High School and Concord High School. Schools of Progress are schools that made at least Expected Growth and had at least 60 percent of their students score at or above Level III on end-of-grade or end-of course tests;
Four Priority Schools - Coltrane-Webb Elementary School, Royal Oaks Elementary School, Wolf Meadow Elementary School and Long School (Long School includes only kindergarten students. These students are included in the results for the schools to which they would be assigned if they were not attending school at Long. ) Priority Schools are schools that have less than 60 percent of their students score at or above Level III, regardless of making Expected Growth standards. ;
1 High Growth School - Cabarrus Opportunity School. Since Cabarrus Opportunity School has less than 40 students in any AYP subgroup, its AYP targets are different. Those results have not yet been released.
Five schools received No Recognition designations. Under the provisions, these schools did not meet Expected Growth; however, at least 60 percent or more of its students scored at or above Level III on end-of-grade or end-of-course tests. The five schools are: Mount Pleasant Elementary School, Pitts School Road Elementary School, Rocky River Elementary School, Weddington Hills Elementary School and the Performance Learning Center
For more information about the N.C. Schools Report Card, visit the Department of Public Instruction's website at: www.ncreportcards.org/src/.
For information related to Cabarrus County Schools, contact the district's Communications Office at 704-262-6205.
Parent workshops in Concord
Latino focus, social media and bullying: The Cabarrus County Schools Social Work Department is sponsoring four free workshops to help parents learn and share ideas. The first session is today; others follow in early 2011.
The sessions are 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of Cabarrus County at 247 Spring Street NW in Concord.
Nov. 10: Mi Escuela Es Su Escuela. Focus: To discuss ways to communicate about students' progress in school, identify helpful school and community resources and learn how other parents are working with teachers.
Jan. 26: Facebook, Twitter, the Internet, Oh My! Focus: To explore effective ways to interact with students about internet safety, texting, chatting and more.
March 23: Talking So Your Kid Will Listen... Listening So Your Kid Will Talk. Focus: To identify ways to effectively communicate with students and explore creative discipline techniques.
April 13: Working Together to Prevent Bullying. Focus: To learn how the school system handles bullying and identify ways parent can work with schools to address the issue.
Hickory Ridge High
Craft Show: Hickory Ridge's second craft bazaar is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 13. The math honor society, Mu Alpha Theta, is hosting the show to raise money for the club and the school. Those interested in securing a booth for the show need to complete a registration form and return it to Lindsay Kay Gryziec by Nov. 10. To get the form, visit the school's website at www.cabarrus.k12.nc.us/hrhs/.
Concord High School
Sorority hosts corporate attorney: The new Lambda Beta Epsilon service sorority at Concord High School held an afternoon tea on Oct. 15 as part of the organizations GROWTH Series with guest Toschia Moffett-Santiago, a senior corporate attorney for Dell Computers in Austin, Tex.
The GROWTH series includes girls-only town halls where the guest speakers are women from various professions. The speakers tell personal stories of overcoming obstacles to reach success.
Santiago's most recent accolades include recognition as an Essence Magazine best-selling author, entrepreneur and owner of her own publishing company.
She spoke about the battles she faced as a teenager, from being sent off to boarding school to changing her life around and graduating from high school at the age of 16. She talked about her experiences in the Peace Corps. and told of a brief encounter with a black mamba while serving in Africa. Later, she graduated magna cum laud from Duke University and obtained a law degree and masters of public administration from Northwestern University near Chicago.
Members of Lambda Beta Epsilon presented Santiago with an honorary spider certificate to close out the afternoon.
The sorority also participates in service projects. The group has led a voter registration drive and spent a Saturday morning playing bingo with residents of the Universal Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. For more information about Lambda Beta Epsilon, contact club advisers Howard Boyd at Howard.email@example.com or Coreen Heremuru at Coreen.Heremuru@cabarrus.k12.nc.us
Northwest Cabarrus High
Impact award: Two students, a teacher and a support person from Northwest have been selected to receive the Impact through Education Awards, sponsored in partnership with Cabarrus County Schools, the Cabarrus Regional Chamber, Corning, and Pizza Hut. Nominees are selected by exemplifying qualities of initiative, hard work and respect for others. The winners for this year are Melissa Fredette, Evan Dunbar, Brenda Michaud, and Margaret Andersen.
Read-or-treat: Winecoff Elementary School recently hosted a Title I Family Literacy Night at the school. More than 250 staff, students, and their families came to school to celebrate family literacy at Read-or-Treat. Staff, students, and parents dressed up as their favorite story characters, and each student was given a bag to Read-or-Treat with and a map of different presentations designed to support literacy. Third-grade teacher Kim Nance dressed as a fortune teller and shared her "visions" with the students. The evening included a free CiCi's Pizza dinner, sponsored by the Parent Involvement Initiative and Food Lion. Amy Dellinger from Steck-Vaughn and Scholastic donated free books for the event.
Mount Pleasant High School
The Mount Pleasant Volleyball Program and the school's AWSUM Club recently hosted its third annual "King of the Court" Volleyball Breast Cancer Benefit Tournament. Senior volleyball player and AWSUM Club President Elizabeth Widenhouse organized the tournament, which pitted junior males against senior males - all of whom paid an entry fee to support the fight against breast cancer. Community members helped to donate $1,100 to the cause as well.